Happy Nerd's Bat Cave

Seems like I've spread little bits of me all over the Internet. Maintained sites for bands and teams. Like everyone else I've had a string of blogs; here's a link to my current one.

I've bailed on MySpace and Facebook. And probably dozens of other sites. I try to restrict my online activities to only those sites where what I'm giving (time, content, money) is worth I'm getting, at least, by my lights.

Twenty-two or so years ago, I played Fed2, a space trading game. Great fun and a wonderful gaming community. Before that it was just Zork and make believe on BBSs.

Fed2's still around, but it's different. It's been restructured to put it on a paying basis. Totally understandable - everyone has to make ends meet. The game preserved the original's old school text and ascii feel. But the people I used to play with have moved on, one way or the other.

And I've changed too. These days, I'm not willing to grind through the lower levels to get to the alleged good partsĀ  But neither am I willing to part with cold hard cash to avoid grinding. Not an effective gamification tactic for this old gamer.

Gamer? Hell yes. I still have tiny figurines and D&D dreams; weird ones.

And speaking of gaming, is gamification a dirty word? I'm going with yes and maybe and no. Practically all gamification is a marketing ploy and a cheesy scam. Most corporations look at gamification as a way to manipulate people. Most corporate gamification begins and ends at craptastic leader boards and badges.

Games on the other hand are awesome.

Games and gamers can create an experience that's as valuable for the player as it is for the owner of the playing field and for the fans of the game. I am/have been fortunate to have been part of a few games like that. But I look at most gamification with disgust.

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Happy Nerd

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